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Burns Night Events & Burns Suppers 2019

Some hae meat and canna eat, / And some wad eat that want it, / But we hae meat and we can eat, / And sae the Lord be thankit.

Have you been practicing your Selkirk Grace? Burns Night is just around the corner and you certainly won’t be stuck for events and Burns Suppers in Scotland this Burns Night!

Celebrated annually on Robert Burns’ birthday, 25 January, Burns Night gathers Scots and Scots-at-heart around the world to pay tribute to the great poet’s life and works, and the holiday is marked by a jam-packed programme of festivities across the country.

Burns Supper being celebrated at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh

Burns Supper at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh

Burns Night events in Scotland in 2019

With shows and events for all tastes and ages, the ceremonies range from small, informal gatherings to large-scale dining experiences full of pomp and all sorts of entertainment, from an Interactive Haggis Hunt to light shows and more. But what they all have in common is that they centre around key Scottish traditions: there will be haggis eating, whisky toasts, poetry readings and songs, before everyone joins in the ceilidh dancing. And most importantly – good company and loads of fun!

If you’re looking for the best traditional Burns feasts, these are just a few of the wide selection of Burns Night events, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Many of Scotland’s restaurants, bars and local Burns clubs hold Burns Night events too.

Hosting this event at home? Have a look at our How to Hold Your Own Burns Supper eBook for all the info you’ll need and play this Burns Night Spotify playlist – filled with Scottish classics to match the occasion!

If all that talk of haggis and whisky and ceilidh has whet your appetite and you happen to know of a good place to commemorate the birthday of Robert Burns, share your tips and highlights in the iKnow Community.



  • Charly McArdle

    We are celebrating Burns Night 2014 in California! Below is a great article that helps non-Scots learn more about Rabbie Burns and the toast to the lassies!

    • Julie Harper जुली हार्पर

      We have three Burns Suppers coming up around Salt Lake City, Utah!

      • kimspangrude

        Where are they?

  • Lorna InUddingston

    Going to the inaugural Drygate Burns Supper at Drygate Brewing Co in Glasgow, and very excited about it too!!!

  • Places to go in Edinburgh city centre would be good to know… Pubs and bars with characters.

  • Cathy W

    It’s a shame you didn’t include Grassmarket Community Project’s Burns Night Supper fundraiser on 26th Jan. Last year’s was amazing and this year Findlay of Kilted Yogis will be there, and he will auction the twin of his Grassmarket Tartan kilt for the charity.

    • Hi Cathy. The Burns Night Dinner Dance Fundraiser is a great shout – we’ve added it to the list now! Thanks for sharing 🙂 -Aldona

      • Cathy W

        That’s excellent news, thank you Aldona!

  • Trish Santer

    Quite a number of Burns-related events on at The Scottish Story-Telling Centre on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.
    Includes Cafe Ceilidh, on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 from 2pm-4pm: informal afternoon of songs and tunes (many from the Burns repertoire), hosted/led by singers and musicians from Scots Music Group. Free. All welcome.

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